Chance The Rapper donates $1 million to public schools in Chicago.
The 23-year-old rapper – who grew up in the city – raised the funds through ticket sales for his upcoming tour in order to help give children a “quality learning experience”, and said the money came as a
“call to action” for other companies operating in Chicago who he urged
to follow in his footsteps.
Bennett – said: “I’m committed to help Chicago’s children have quality
learning experiences that include the arts. As an artist and
after-school teacher, I know the arts are invaluable. They teach kids
lessons about how small efforts can have big effects and how
collaboration can lead to creativity. This cheque is a call to action.
I’m challenging major companies in Chicago and across the U.S. to
donate and take action.”
The ‘Cocoa Butter Kisses’ rapper went on to state he was “doing
everything [he] can to support Chicago’s most valuable resource, its
At present, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has a $215 million funding
gap, and Chance is imploring corporations and celebrities to come
together to help donate whatever they can to the cause.
The rapper also announced for every $100,000 donated to CPS, his
organisation SocialWorks will give $10,000 to a school of their
choosing to be used on developing their arts departments and after
Chance continued in his speech, which he broadcast live via a
Periscope link shared to his Twitter: “As a private citizen, as a
parent, and as a product of CPS, I ask that you guys join and fight
with me. Organise with me, mobilise with me, in the interest of the
children of Chicago. This is the beginning.”